July 2014

What’s next for the “Mississippi baby” and the effort to find a cure?

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On July 10, the U.S. National Institutes for Health (NIH) announced that the “Mississippi baby,” believed to have been functionally cured of HIV, has now been found to have detectable levels of the virus.

While this news is a disappointing setback, at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), we remain hopeful that the scientific breakthrough that allowed the child’s HIV levels to remain undetectable for more than two years will continue to help researchers understand how to control HIV and ultimately develop a cure.

We have made great progress in the effort to end AIDS in children worldwide and we support continued research that could one day lead to a cure. To learn more about efforts to develop a cure as well as EGPAF’s own research initiatives, read our latest FAQ, “The Road to an HIV Cure.”

To find out what’s next for the “Mississippi baby” and NIH’s clinical trials check out this AIDS.gov video interview with leading AIDS expert Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH.